In the bright summer sunshine, net curtains soften and dapple the light. Katherine Road, East Ham, London, circa 1987. Film stock not identified.
I've been scanning a lot of old film recently. Or maybe not that old. It was all shot between 1983 and 1987, and it feels old to me, because I'm looking back at the events of my life when I was transitioning from student life to adulthood. Featured image: Light leak, unidentified film stock Truth … Continue reading Grain
I bought this lens on a whim. I'd recently bought my first mirrorless camera - the micro four thirds Olympus OM-D M10 Mark II - and I was keen to try out a manual lens. Only thing was, old lenses are heavy., and I'd bought the Olympus for its small size and portability. And with … Continue reading 7Artisans 25mm f1.8
There, I've said it. I learned to shoot using a prime lens. It had a 58mm field of view - far too narrow for a standard lens - but for several years it was all I had. I learned to live with its restrictions, but then when I got my first zoom lens, I immediately … Continue reading I love prime lenses
Sometimes it's good to try something different. When my camera club suggested a photowalk to the Edinburgh Christmas markets, I was immediately hooked. I've shot the markets twice before - both times over 10 years ago - so I was keen to see if I could see them again with a fresh eye. I took two … Continue reading Edinburgh Christmas markets
I'm a good photographer. Really. But I'm a better storyteller. And while photo sharing websites - Flickr, Instagram, Facebook - do a great job of showcasing individual images, they're not nearly as good at telling stories. I started taking photos in 1983. The camera was a Zenit E. A very basic camera, not particularly aspirational, … Continue reading How I got here
Beckton, East London, 1988. The old gas works - long since abandoned - were lying derelict and unloved. Stanley Kubrick has just finished filming Full Metal Jacket. Today, the gas works are long gone. Drive past, and you'd never even know they were there. Film: Kodak Tri-XCamera: Zenit ELens: Helios 44 58mm f2